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Welcome to the Textile Institute World Conference

The 91st Textile Institute World Conference 2018 Key Note Speakers

The 91st Textile Institute World Conference (TIWC) 2018, was hosted by the School of Design at the University of Leeds. The conference theme “Integrating Design with Sustainable Technology” was focused on identifying and establishing interdisciplinary engagement in the textile manufacturing and retail industry through the various fields of technology, design, sustainability, research and economy. The theme evolved out of a recognition that there are clear synergies when design and sustainable technology are effectively integrated to produce commercial solutions for better aesthetics and functionality. The Textiles Industry is diverse and to maximise success the whole value chain needs ongoing innovation and investment and the conference will draw from the application and use of Textiles in all aspects of everyday life.

  • Katie Greenyer

    Pentland UK
  • Prof Jintu Fan Hon FTI CText FTI

    Cornell University USA
  • Nick Chiarelli

    Client Partner UK
  • David Mallinson

    John Lewis UK
  • Prof John Xin

    Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
  • Prof Jianzhong Shao PhD

    Zhejiang Sci-Tech University China
  • Beatrix Ong MBE

  • Prof Calvin Wong

    Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
  • Prof Omera Khan

  • Prof Yan Chen

    Soochow University China
  • Prof Tetsuya Sato

    Kyoto Institute of Technology Japan
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Katie Greenyer is the Textile Institute’s World President.

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Professor Fan Hon FTI CText FTI holds a PhD in clothing science from The University of Leeds (1989) and a B.Eng in textile engineering from Donghua University (1985). He is currently Vincent VC Woo Professor and Director of Cornell Institute of Fashion & Fiber Innovation, Director of Shanghai International Fashion Innovation Center, and President of the international Fiber Society. Until April 2018, Professor Fan served as Chair of Department of Fiber Science & apparel Design at Cornell University. He moved to Cornell in 2012 from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), where he worked for over 15 years from Assistant Professor to Professor & Associate Head of Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC). Prior to PolyU, he worked at South Africa’s Council for Scientific & Industrial Research and Bradford University, UK. Prof. Fan’s research is multi-disciplinary, focused on improving the understanding of the interaction between human body, clothing and environment, and on that basis, developing fibrous materials and clothing with enhanced functional performance and aesthetic appeal. As PI/Co-PI, he has won totally US$10M competitive research grants and published 4 books, about 220 SCI/EI refereed journal papers in leading refereed journals and 22 granted/pending patents, with a total citation of 6376 and H-index of 40. For his outstanding contribution, Professor Fan is honored by a number of prestigious awards, including the 2016 Warner Memorial Medal from the Textile Institute for outstanding work in textile science, Morgan Sesquicentennial Fellow from Cornell University, Doctor of Science from Leeds University in 2011, Honorary Fellow of Textile Institute in 2010 (The highest honor of the worldwide Textile Institute for creativity and advancement of knowledge; only 61 recipients so far since its first award in 1928), Distinguished Achievement Award from the US Fiber Society in 2003.

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Nick is an experienced consumer insight professional specialising in identifying and applying consumer trends to client challenges. He joined Foresight Factory in 2012 after tours of duty at director level with GfK Roper and Iconoculture and has had roles in the business focusing on client service, research and analytics and consultancy projects. Nick has particular expertise within the travel, hospitality and outdoor sectors. Formerly with the BBC, Nick is a frequent performer in international business forums, notably for such organisations as ESOMAR and Unicef – bringing trends analysis into the heart of business strategy.  A member of the UK’s Market Research Society, Nick has contributed many articles on global consumerism to major trade press outlets.

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Dave Mallinson graduated from University of Leeds in 1993 having completed a 3 year degree in Textile Studies. After joining the Marks and Spencer graduate scheme as a Trainee Fabric Technologist he worked in various menswear departments developing, sourcing and technically approving fabrics. Further appointments in M&S included Lingerie sourcing, Womenswear Technical Manager and managing the M&S technical team in Istanbul.  After 19 years he left M&S to lead the John Lewis Product Technology team and is now responsible for the product quality and safety of products sold in JL. With a keen interest in working with suppliers, designers, buying, technical and sustainability teams around the globe he is dedicated to the development and delivery of products known for design, quality and integrity.

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Professor John H Xin graduated from the University of Leeds, UK with a PhD in Textile Chemistry. He is currently the head of the Institute of Textiles & Clothing and chair professor of textile chemistry, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His main research interests include functional and smart textile surface treatments, new nano- and bio-functional material synthesis and applications, new eco-friendly dyestuffs, and colour science and technology, multi-spectral imaging. He is a Fellow and Charted Colourist of the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), UK and International editor of the Coloration Technology, the Journal of Textile Institute. He has published over 300 scientific papers and patents and won many prestigious awards for the new inventions and technologies, contribution to the area of functional textile treatments, as well as contribution to teaching and research in higher education, e.g., Gold medal from the Society of Dyes and Colourists UK for outstanding research and innovation into novel textile finishes, 3 Gold medals and 1 Silver Medals from Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, etc.

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Jianzhong Shao is a Professor of Textile Chemistry, and Director of Institute of Dyeing & Finishing Technology at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (ZSTU) in China. She is also the Director of Engineering Research Center for Eco-Dyeing & Finishing of Textiles, Ministry of Education, China. She received a PhD degree in textile chemistry from the University of Manchester in the UK in 1998, and she took a post-doctoral fellowship at North Carolina State University in USA from 2000 to 2001. Her main research interests are in color science and technology, eco-dyeing and finishing, and photopolymer science. She has been involved in four NSFC projects for fundamental research on fibrous materials and a number of key projects funded by national and/or provincial governments. She has published widely with over 250 peer-reviewed journal papers, and was granted over 30 invention patents of China, and awarded over 20 prizes of science and technology including a National Science and Technology Award of China. She was also awarded a Research Medal from the Worshipful Company of Dyers through the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), UK, for Research Work in Connection with the Art of Dyeing in 2015.

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Beatrix Ong has won critical acclaim, the receipt of the Freedom of the City of London and a MBE on Her Majesty The Queen’s 2011 New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her services to British Fashion. Over the last few years she has been exploring and developing more sustainable production and became an International Marine Volunteer at the end of last year. Ong has been working on a zero waste brand to be launched at the end of 2018.

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Calvin Wong is a professor and Interim Head of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Wong’s main research interests include artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision, particularly in image feature extraction, pattern recognition and deep learning and its applications for fashion and textile industry. Since 2010, Professor Wong has established the Textile & Apparel Artificial Intelligence (TAAI) Research Team to focus fundamental research on AI and its application covering the area of intelligent textile material and apparel quality inspection, large-scale fabric swatch and fashion image searching, fashion forecasting, and so on. Professor Wong has published over 100 research articles in Science Citation Index journals including the world leading journals in AI field, such as IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, etc. Essential Science Indicators has ranked his two recent research publications in IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems among the top 1% of the most cited articles. Professor Wong has authored and edited three books on the integration of AI techniques with the fashion industry, including the first-two-ever on the topics of “Optimising Decision Making in the Apparel Supply Chain Using Artificial Intelligence: From Production to Retailing” and “Applications of Computer Vision in Fashion and Textiles”. From 2016 onwards, to recognize Professor Wong’s academic excellence in fashion and textile, Professor Wong has been appointed as Cheng Yik Hung Professor by University in Fashion. Currently he is also Associate Editor of Neurocomputing.

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Omera has gained international recognition for her research and thought leadership in Supply Chain Risk Management. A passionate educator and highly acclaimed speaker, Omera is regularly invited as a keynote speaker at global conferences and corporate events. Inspiring and visionary, Omera is skilled at presenting complex subjects in a simple and thought–provoking manner. She provides training and workshops at all levels of an organisation and specialises in strategic supply chain management, resilience and risk management, emerging trends and technologies, disruptive innovation and business transformation. In addition to leading a number of on-going research projects commissioned by government agencies, research councils and companies, Omera is an advisor to several universities developing courses in logistics, supply chain and operations management. She is currently a Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of the MSc in International Supply Chain Management at Royal Holloway University of London (UK) and a Professor of Supply
Chain Management at the University of Agder in Norway and regularly teaches on an adjunct basis at universities around the world. Past appointments have included (SP Jain Singapore and Dubai Campus) Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) Manchester Business School (UK) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). Omera’s research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals and books and she is the lead–author
of the “Handbook for Supply Chain Risk Management: Case Studies, Effective Practices and Emerging Trends”. Her most recent book is “Product Design and the Supply Chain – Competing through Design”. Omera is a Chartered Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Institute of Operations Management and a steering committee member of the Institute of Logistics Research Network –
a global network of academics and practitioners involved in state–of–the–art logistics and supply chain research. Omera was appointed as a board member of the executive committee of the CILT “Leaders in Supply Chain” forum
– a group limited to the top 120 logistics and supply chain directors from Europe. Omera began her academic career in the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield School of Management. She joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and then moved to Hull University Business School where she held the positions of Senior Lecturer, Director of the Logistics Institute and Deputy Head of
the Management Systems Group. Omera was awarded her PhD from Manchester Business School, an MPhil from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Textile Design from the University of Huddersfield where she specialised in woven fabric design and exhibited her designs at the Textile Centre for Excellence and the Business Design Centre. Omera won first prize in the Cloth Workers Foundation Award and a commendation from the National Wool Textile Export Corporation.

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Prof Yan Chen received her PhD degree in textile engineering, School of Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University. Currently she is the professor in Department of Clothing Design and Engineering; the reviewer of Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, Journal of Industrial Textile, Textile Research Journal, Journal of Textile Research; the committee member of SMDTex, ERAMUS. The research work of Yan CHEN involves textile and garment design, garment manufacture management, sensory evaluation of textile and clothing. She has published more than 20 papers in key textile journals in the recent 5 years and supervised 5 PhD students and more than 15 master students. She has conducted one national research project (silk fabric performance research) and a number of provincial research projects in the area of interactive garment design system, evaluation and prediction of textiles and fashion products using intelligent system and management of clothing manufacture processes.

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Prof Tetsuya Sato has been the head of Strategic Fiber Design Division and International Division at the Center of Fiber and Textile Science in Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), and the head of department and master course of Design Engineering and Management in KIT. In addition, he has been working for some societies as a vice-president of The Colour Fastness Committee in JSPS, a director of The Japan Research Association for Textile End-Uses, and a member of CIE TC-1. He is interested in colour science, colour technology, psychology, human interface, brain science, optics, material technology, environmental technology, fashion business and so on, which are relating to textile and clothing. Therefore, he is extending his research in colour culture, colour psychology and colour business. Now, he is trying to bridge the gap between researches on physical properties and human senses in colour and textile fields.

Would you like to host the next TIWC?

This event is held at exciting and relevant locations around the globe and is in an important meeting point for the textile industry and members worldwide. The social events associated with the conference bring together the global community to enjoy the host country’s culture and hospitality.

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Call for papers

Call for papers for the next TIWC to be confirmed.

Main Topics

The main topics for the next TIWC are to be confirmed.


The guidelines for the next TIWC are to be confirmed.


Organising Committee:

The main members of organising committee who will work directly with Chris to organise the conference are:

Prof Chris Carr, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Vien Cheung, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Ningtao Mao, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Peter Rhodes, University of Leeds, UK

Prof Steve Russell, University of Leeds
Jianzhong Shao, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China
Dr Mark Sumner, University of Leeds, UK

The TI Events Committee are part of the organising committee:

Prof Subhash Anand MBE, University of Bolton, UK
Bill Bohm, The Textile Institute, UK
Dr Xiaogang Chen, University of Manchester, UK
Charlotte Haggarty, The Textile Institute, UK
Prof Mervyn Davies, The Textile Institute, UK
Stephanie Dick, The Textile Institute, UK
Rebecca Unsworth, The Textile Institute, UK
Prof Derek McKelvey, The Textile Institute, UK
Prof Xungai Wang, Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre, Australia
Assoc Prof Malgorzata Zimniewska, Institute of Natural Fibres & Medicinal Plants, Poland

Programme Committee:

Dr Richard Blackburn, University of Leeds, UK
Prof Tom Cassidy, University of Leeds, UK
Tilak Dias, Nottingham Trent University, UK
David Farrar, Xiros, UK
Hugh Gong, University of Manchester, UK
Prof Parik Goswami, University of Huddersfield, UK
Prof Michael Hann, University of Leeds, UK
Amanda McLaren, James Heal Ltd, UK
Brian McCarthy, Knowledge Transfer Network, UK
Prof Steve Russell, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Pammi Sinha, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Jane Scott, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Muhammad Tausif, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Lindsey Waterton Taylor, University of Leeds, UK



Sponsorship enquiries:

Type of sponsorship





1x opportunity

  • Company logo & link on conference website
  • Company logo & link included on all e-mail marketing
  • Company logo on all printed promotional items
  • 1 x Full-page advertisement in programme book
  • 2 x Conference Registrations, including all social events
  • 1 x Exhibition stand
  • Delegate bag insert
  • Invitation to present award during Conference Dinner
Type of sponsorship





Unlimited opportunities

  • Company logo & link on conference website
  • Company logo & link included on all e-mail marketing
  • Company logo on all printed promotional items
  • 1 x Half-page advertisement in programme book
  • 1 x Conference registrations, including all social events
  • 1 x Exhibition stand
  • Delegate bag insert
Type of sponsorship





Unlimited Opportunities

  • Company logo & link on conference website
  • Company logo & link included on all e-mail marketing
  • Company logo on all printed promotional items
  • 1 x Conference registration, including all social events
Type of sponsorship





X10 Exhibition Stand

  • 1 x Conference registrations, including all social events
  • 1 x Exhibition stand


Past conferences

Gallery from TIWC 2018

A big thank you to everyone who attended The Textile Institute World Conference in Leeds. Please feel free to tag yourselves and share with your colleagues and friends.

Photography credit: Chris Lord 

‘The Licentiateship formally recognises my work in the field of medical textiles and allows me to collaborate internationally with experts to further develop our understanding of the way in which textiles interact with the human body.’

Testimonal by Holly Morris LTI

Please click here for the registration  Terms and Conditions

Standard Fees
Non TI Member: GBP £600
TI Member: GBP £500

Early Bird Fees
Non TI Member: GBP £520
TI Member: GBP £420

Other Fees

ERD Rate (Earning related discount) GBP £400
TI Representative: GBP £400
Group Fees: (3 delegates or more): GBP £400
Student: GBP £250
Day Rate: GBP £250
Accompanying Person: GBP £200

*Accompanying person criteria: Lunch and social events only.
If you require a UK Visa please submit the form below.

If you would like to book for 3 delegates or more please contact for group rates.

Benevolent Society Student Bursaries

The Textile Institute Benevolent Society offered financial support to assist a limited number of students to attend The 91st Textile Institute World Conference 2018, which was held in Leeds, UK 23-27 July 2018. Each bursary covered the student conference fee and one year’s student membership of The Textile Institute (if the recipient was not already a member).


The bursaries are open to full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students studying textile-related subjects (including clothing and footwear) in the UK where the conference will be hosted.

Invitation Letters

Invitation Letters for VISA application to the World Conference will be provided after registration and payment is completed. You are strongly advised to request an invitation letter as soon you are planning your trip and have registered to attend the conference.

TIWC News & Articles

The Committee of Management of The Textile Institute Benevolent Committee is offering financial support of GBP £100.00 one off bursaries to assist ...
The Benevolent Committee is committed to assisting members who are in financially difficult circumstances with the costs associated with maintainin...
The Textile Institute and Bloomsbury Visual Arts are delighted to announce that they are in discussions to launch a new joint book series. The seri...
Event FAQs
Where is the conference held?

The venue for the next TIWC is to be confirmed.

Where is the conference accommodation?

The accommodation for the next TIWC is to be confirmed.

How do I get a visa?

Invitation Letters for VISA application to the World Conference will be provided after registration and payment is completed. You are strongly advised to request an invitation letter as soon you are planning your trip and have registered to attend the conference. You can request the letter by emailing

Please click here to download the full Registration Terms and Conditions.

What tours will I be able to go on?

Available tours for the next TIWC are to be confirmed.

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